Connect with Jeannie
My father knew I was destined to become a writer when he found I’d scrawled the letters “JBON” (my version of Jean at the time) in a copy of Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations when I was barely three years old. It seems that, even then, I knew my name should be on a book.
I graduated to writing short stories in high school–wonderful, sentimental tales that I kept in a notebook and loaned out to my classmates during lunch. The stories were full of love, dreams and happy ever afters. I loved romance, in all its forms, and it was around this time that my Aunt Sophie started passing on her old Harlequins to me. That was it; I was in love.
I graduated to reading family sagas by Danielle Steele and Judith Krantz, as well as sweeping historicals by Bertrice Small and Kathleen Woodiwiss, and all the while–through high school and college, marriage and babies–I was thinking about the book I would write someday. When I finally did it, there was nothing sweeping or grand about my story. It was about home, family, and finding the one who made your heart beat a little faster.
I’m a native Long Islander and I imagine that conjures an image of big hair and a nasally accent, but that’s not the Long Island that I know. I was raised in a north shore town that once would have been called bucolic and now people call trendy. I married my high school sweetheart and my children were born in the same hospital as I was. It gives me a sense of history. A sense of home. And I love that.
Like most women, I wear a lot of hats. When I was in college, I planned on becoming a famous sportscaster. However, never being objective, I leaned more toward the publicity side of the business, doing work for local papers and local teams. But the plan took a detour and I found myself in the front a classroom, teaching English. Teaching was in my blood, and I was hooked.
Now, I’m a mom, a wife, a teacher, a librarian and a contemporary romance author. It’s the last part—the romance author—that’s allowed me to connect with all of you.
The writing is a natural extension of who I am and I use all my experiences and sometimes my love of sports for inspiration. I find characters in schools, boardrooms, hospitals, shops, construction sites, courtrooms, patrol cars, farms, and libraries; some come to life on imaginary playing fields and in ice rinks. Eventually, everything ties together. Everything becomes about people taking risks to be happy. About believing in someone. In the end, my books are about finding that special place to call home, finding comfort, and from those things, finding love. I truly believe that’s all most of us want–to have our dreams come true.
My family is my world. I have a wonderful, handsome husband, who is my very own love story, and three incredible kids whom I consider my best work. We live with three lovable dogs, and a whole lot of chaos.
If you’re interested in having me speak to your book club, writers’ group, or library patrons, please have a look at my list of workshops and presentations and drop me a line to check on availability.
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My Cast of Characters
MH: (My Hero) My darling husband, so named because he’s the best man I know. He’s better looking than the day I married him and a little more ornery, but he loves me and that’s the best of all. Oh, can I mention he looks hot in a toolbelt?
The Offspring: O1, O2, and O3. Two girls and a boy, ages 29, 27 and 25, respectively. Technically adults, they’re making their way in the world and surprise me everyday. I’ll tell you, this adult kid thing is working out for me. (But they will always be my babies.)
The Son-In-Law: O1 was married a couple of years ago, but SIL has been around the house since the two were in high school. He’s a bit serious, and sometimes I think he doesn’t know what to make of me, but he loves oldest and makes her happy. That’s most important.
Me: That little girl who was always destined to have her name on the front of a book.
The Pack: Holly, Casey and Riley
The Grandpuppies: (O1’s dogs) Nelly and Sammie. Two adorable rescue puppies.
Workshops and Presentations
Jeannie is available for workshops, book clubs, writer groups, library talks, author panels, and media interviews. Contact Jeannie for more information and availability.
If one of Jeannie’s novels is on your book club’s list, she is available to travel to visit groups in the New York-Metro area. Discussions can center around the writing process, romance and women’s fiction, inspiration, or specific themes in the story.
TalksNot Your Mama’s Bodice Ripper
A frank discussion about why and how romance novels forward the concept of female empowerment and feminism. You read that right – romance novels forward the concept of female empowerment and feminism. From Pride and Prejudice to the modern-day contemporaries, strong heroines rule the day in a genre that’s primarily written by women, for women and that focuses on hope for the future for all women.Journeys Old and New
Join Jeannie for a discussion about the power of the happily ever after. Drawing inspiration from her Long Island roots for her most recent series, Jeannie is a firm believer in the positive influence of romance novels. She will talk about how the genre can empower both readers and writers, and the part it has played in her journey to success as an author. Join us for a fascinating look at a genre that has been too often dismissed or overlooked and find out how the stories, and the authors who write them, have changed.Finding Your Inner Creative
When Jeannie Moon was a young, working mom, she lost herself in romance novels as a way to escape the stress of her job, and her demanding family life. Falling into the pages of a good book, with hope as the central theme, Jeannie let the words carry her away.
Often maligned as fluff, or trash, the Romance genre is written primarily by women, for women, and outsells all other genres combined. Now the published author of fifteen contemporary romances, Jeannie will talk about how finding her inner creative, and embracing the literature of hope, brought new dimension to all aspects of her life.
WorkshopsFrom Stretch Marks to Hot Flashes: Writing the Seasoned Romance
Romance readers are growing older and so are the heroes and heroines in the genre they love. This workshop will take you through the ins and outs of writing a seasoned romance from the physical realities of age to the subtleties of the older mindset. See how publishers are starting to embrace romances with more mature characters.
Topics covered will include both craft and marketing, so authors can explore issues surrounding age, including:
- The concept of love being ageless
- How intimacy between older characters can be sexy and fun
- The myth of eternal youth (and why we don’t need it)
- Tropes that work well with seasoned romance
- How to envision and pitch your book in a changing market
- Fighting ageism in the industry
Just as women have evolved over the decades, so have the romance heroines with whom they identify. No longer content to be rescued or domesticated, the modern romance heroine is made up of many different layers. In this class, attendees will be presented with examples of flat heroines and using techniques that incorporate backstory, internal and external conflict, speech, physical attributes, age and outside influences, build a multifaceted woman ready to embark on her own journey and find happily ever after on her terms. This workshop can be customized for a one or two-hour presentation.
(This class will also have an online version beginning in Fall 2019)Running on Empty
Jeannie’s most popular workshop will cultivate a positive mindset and get you ready to write.
Part inspirational talk and part down-and-dirty methods, this class will inspire participants to find the best method to get off the hamster wheel and have significantly less stress. Using examples from popular methodologies, Jeannie helps participants learn how to establish a routine, understand the difference between a true plan and a to-do list, and help design manageable, meaningful goals in small steps. Having fought depression, Jeannie knows how doing too much can sap away energy and affect a person’s health and creativity. Attendees will leave the workshop with the tools to establish a workable plan (based on personal preferences) that supports a demanding schedule, and still find time to write. This program can be customized to fill a one or two-hour time slot.
Couple it with another workshop for a full day of learning.Building a Small Town from the Ground Up
No matter what sales departments say, romance readers love small towns and everything that goes along with them. In this presentation, authors will see how creating a small town is done in layers—using people, places and things to bring your town to life. Combining world building techniques with ideas drawn from classic tropes, you can create a locale that readers will want to visit again and again.
(This class will also have an online version beginning in Fall 2019)NaNoWriMo: Setting Your Pace and Reaching Your Goals
This customizable workshop will address the craze that is National Novel Writing Month. Using the NaNo website, planning and organizational tools and a buddy approach, novices and experienced writers will be ready to attack the annual November challenge and have a 50,000 word draft done in 30 days.Realistic Characters and Reader Empathy
Have you ever wondered how to create characters your readers love and can’t get enough of? Discover why characters that reflect real people—be they seasoned, plus-sized, or the guy or girl next door—are key to building strong reader connection. Explore traits that make a character genuine, relatable, and unforgettable; using tried and true archetypes, coupled with tools meant to develop your strengths as an author, you can expand your audience, and ensure that your books end up as reader favorites.